Iconic British fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood dies at 81

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British fashion designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood, who played a key role in the punk movement, has died in London at the age of 81.

Her representatives said in a statement posted online that, Westwood died “peacefully, surrounded by her family” in Clapham, south London, on Thursday December 29.

She had continued to do the things she loved, including designing, working on her book and making art, “up until the last moment”, they continued.

Meanwhile, her husband and creative partner, Andreas Kronthaler, said: “I will continue with Vivienne in my heart. We have been working until the end and she has given me plenty of things to get on with. Thank you darling.”

Vivienne designs were regularly worn by high-profile individuals including Dita Von Teese who wore a purple Westwood wedding gown to marry Marilyn Manson, and Princess Eugenie who wore three Westwood designs for various elements of the wedding of William and Kate Middleton.